Flexible Working Revolution Boosted By Technology
File-sharing, instant messaging and cloud applications help to solve problems traditionally associated with remote working
With a growing number of Irish professionals working outside the main office at least some of the time, use of remote working tools has radically increased. In fact, 91% of workers have used at least one tool enabling remote working in the previous month, according to a survey by Regus, the global workspace provider with business centres in Dublin and Cork.
Respondents also highlight that remote workers are strongly driving take up of ‘cloud’ applications that provide them with cost-effective access to office tools wherever they 80%
The traditional problem of accessing files when working remotely is being solved by efficient and secure document sharing services. Dropbox is the most commonly used online file-sharing service, used by 70%, followed by Google Drive (44%) and TeamViewer (24%).
Another challenge faced by remote workers is being overlooked when they are not in the office. However, Instant Messaging tools and VoIP are revolutionising the way workers communicate and helping remote employees show they are available, connected and immediately responsive. The most popular VoIP Messaging application is Skype, used by 65% of respondents in the previous month followed by Facebook Messenger (56%) and Viber (40%).
Other key findings reveal the reach and influence of online tools in the work environment:
- WhatsApp is currently by far the most popular Instant Messaging app for smartphone, used by 63% of workers once a month or more;
- Just 9% of those questioned said they had not used an instant messaging tool in the past month;
Karen Lawlor, Country Manager for Ireland at Regus comments: “More and more Irish businesses are offering staff the opportunity to work remotely at least occasionally. Online tools are helping to overcome some of the hurdles traditionally associated with working from outside of the office, such as feeling out of touch with colleagues, or being unable to access documents. Technology is bridging the gap.
“As these tools continue to develop, we expect more and more businesses to recognise the benefits of allowing employees to work flexibly. This approach has many advantages, such as cutting costs for the business and reducing lengthy commutes for employees, and consequently boosting productivity.”
Regus is the global workplace provider.
Its network of 2,300 locations in 850 cities across 104 countries provides convenient, high-quality, fully serviced spaces for people to work, whether for a few minutes or a few years. Companies like Google, Toshiba and GlaxoSmithKline choose Regus so that they can work flexibly and make their businesses more successful.
The key to flexible working is convenience and so Regus is opening wherever its 2.1 million members want support - city centres, suburban districts, shopping centres and retail outlets, railway stations, motorway service stations and even community centres.
Founded in Brussels, Belgium, in 1989, Regus is based in Luxembourg and listed on the London Stock Exchange. For more information, please visit: